Smart DNS Proxy Review
Smart DNS Proxy is a service brought to you by Global Stealth Inc., a company that has been providing online security and anonymity to high-profile clients such as Apple, Microsoft, and IBM for more than 20 years. Smart DNS Proxy’s main purpose is unblocking websites and streaming services and it provides both Smart DNS and VPN services. In this Smart DNS Proxy review, we explore this service’s advantages in comparison to standard VPN services and point to its potential shortcomings.
Smart DNS Proxy’s DNS service has no client and thus no interface to talk about. You simply set it up via your device’s network settings and you are good to go. The official website of the service offers incredibly helpful and user-friendly setup guides for all types of supported devices, with videos that guide you through every step of the process. These videos even offer solutions to the most common problems that users face when setting up Smart DNS Proxy, so you are more than likely to easily get it running in a matter of minutes, even if some issues arise along the way.
When it comes to its recently launched VPN service, there are apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, but they are still in the beta testing phase and not fully functional, so we suggest opting for manual setup, using the guides provided on the website. However, this may not be the best option for less experienced users.
Performance And Reliability
Smart DNS Proxy has multiple Smart DNS servers in around 30 locations all over the world, including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Spain, and the Netherlands, as well as some less popular locations such as South Africa. Its VPN servers are somewhat more numerous and found in around 40 locations around the globe, including Africa.
The speeds and performance highly depend on whether you are using Smart DNS Proxy’s Smart DNS service or VPN service. If you opt for the Smart DNS service, you are sure to enjoy great speeds and smooth performance, as well as no DNS leaks. On the other hand, its fledgling VPN service does not provide such an excellent user experience and the speeds can fall below average, but we hope that the situation will change soon.
One of the main advantages of the company’s Smart DNS service is its great device compatibility. It works on all major operating systems and platforms, including Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, Chromebook, Android, iOS, Smart TVs, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, and routers.
The VPN service is not characterized by such impressive compatibility, but it does work on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Ubuntu, and routers. It can be used on 5 devices at the same time.
As we have mentioned several times throughout this Smart DNS Proxy review, this service allows you to enjoy the benefits of both Smart DNS and VPN technology, although its VPN has not yet reached the level of functionality that would satisfy our strict criteria. However, there are a couple of features that could make this VPN interesting, given that it reaches its full potential.
Smart DNS Proxy’s VPN allows you to enjoy unlimited bandwidth and speed, zero logs, and strong encryption. It allows you to stay safe while connected to public WiFis and 5 simultaneous connections are a nice touch. It also allows torrenting, which is a big plus for a large number of VPN users. However, until the apps are fully developed, we cannot say we are too satisfied.
On the other hand, the Smart DNS service works perfectly and allows you to bypass geo-restrictions with ease. The speeds are amazing and you can access more than 300 streaming services in 29 countries around the world. This service does everything it is supposed to do and it is definitely one of the best Smart DNS services currently on the market.
Security And Privacy
Smart DNS Proxy’s DNS service does not encrypt your data or change your IP address. That is why it does not provide the kind of security and anonymity you can expect from a VPN. It only promises to allow you to bypass geo-restrictions and enjoy great speeds, not maximize your privacy and security.
As far as the VPN service is concerned, there is not enough information on the kind of privacy it provides, apart from the fact that it keeps no logs. The protocols used include PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, and OpenVPN, as well as IKEv1 protocol for older devices and IKEv2 as an alternative to L2TP. OpenVPN and SSTP provide 2048-bit encryption, IKEv2 and L2TP provide 256-bit encryption, and PPTP provides the least secure, 128-bit encryption. As always, we suggest going with OpenVPN in order to enjoy the highest level of security.
Smart DNS Proxy has an excellent support section with dozens of articles categorized by nearly 30 topics. Finding the answer you need is facilitated by the handy search option. If you need the help of an expert, you can easily get in touch with the support staff via its 24/7 live chat. The staff is quick to respond and rather knowledgeable as far as general topics are concerned, so do not hesitate to reach out to them whenever you have an issue with the performance of the service or need additional information about it. If you are not in a rush, you can also reach out to them via email or the contact form available in the Contact Us section of the website.
The service offers 4 subscription plans, with great discounts on longer subscriptions. You can opt for the monthly, 3-month, annual or bi-annual subscription. With the monthly option, you pay $4.90 per month. The 3-month option allows you to enjoy a 12% discount and pay $4.30 per month. The yearly subscription comes with a 32% discount and costs $3.33 per month while the 2-year subscription brings you a 58% discount, so you pay only $2.08 per month.
No matter which plan you choose, you get to enjoy a 14-day free trial, so you have 2 weeks to make up your mind before making a purchase. The subscriptions also come with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Accepted payment methods include PayPal and MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover credit cards.
Smart DNS Proxy Pros & Cons
Finishing off this Smart DNS Proxy review, here’s a quick overview of the features that wowed us and the aspects of the service that could use some improvement.
- Smart DNS and VPN combined
- Fast streaming
- Affordable subscriptions
- 14-day free trial
- 30-day money back guarantee
- Underdeveloped VPN apps
- Does not accept Bitcoin
We had used this for over a year,without any issues.And then it would not let me log in on my Sony Android TV.
Despite several attempts to resolve the problems,it still failed,and I have purchased a VPN elsewhere.
So for that reason I have awarded it 3 stars.
Got it all set up, it broke Steam and customer support have given me the run around and been jerks. Not worth the risk.
I’ve been hacked by theses guys hidden in the Seychelles, don’t enrich these scammers
Okay so, I’m posting this review about SmartDNSProxy VPN. I’m just a regular Canadian guy in the prairies and was searching for a reliable and affordable VPN for my uTorrent download of ‘pron’ LOL …and so I’m checking out the reviews of the other VPN’s on the market. I found SmartDNSproxy.com website from one of the Reddit users and it was highly recommended. I visited the website and decided to do the 14-day FREE trial. I am a newbie in terms of following instructions but the step-by-step instructions with visual aids was PERFECT. Okay so, I’m on one of the torrent websites (which was blocked earlier today by some type of website), and I easily entered this banned torrent site!! Woo hooo!!!!! 🙂 I’m actually f****n blown away by how easy and effective this VPN is. I’m convinced to sign up for the subscription once my 14 days are up. I’m gonna take this VPN for a test drive by downloading a crap load of Brazzers and Blacked videos to see how the download speeds are. I’m impressed by the ease of this VPN so far!
iam not in my 3 year with smart DNS proxy in canada
were i live i have only one choice of a internet , that onlu gaves me 15 MPS
and smart dns proxy works verry good for me on all my devices and on my 65 inch sony android smart tv i even get 4k shows andmovies
They started off having access to a whole load of netflix regions but now it’s only the US. I am unable to understand why their service is unable to work on my smart tv or fire stick.. works perfectly on my ps3.. their support though 24/7 says change router.. seriously.. I’ve been with them for 3 years. Time to change.. I’m sure there are better ones
Unstable and unreliable.
I e had nothing much more than problems with this service. I just wanted something simple that allowed me to view Netflix and various UK tv catch up services. What I’ve got is a system that constantly fails to obscure my location.
I co tact the support and am told to go into my router and change all manner if settings, I’m not computer geek!. I’ve do e this twice at their behest and now it’s stopoed workojg again and they want me to change a load more settings . I give up,with it, it’s very poor and not what I expected.
Review: I’ve tested many DNS proxy and VPN providers for hours to test features & VPN configuration over different protocols in order to reach the best streaming performance from South Africa and SmartDNS proxy turned out to be the fastest but also the easiest to set up on a DD-WRT based router whether for basic DNS proxy or VPN using the standard DD-WRT openvpn client interface. For me the advantages / limitations noticed are as follow: SmartDNS proxy (proxy only) pros: – easy to set up – automatic update features available for DD-WRT routers – works with netflix (intermittent disruptions due to Netflix ban engine probably that kicks in sometimes) – works with europe / us tv channels cons: – intermittent disruptions noted on Netflix which “detects proxy” SmartDNS proxy using their VPN engine: pros: – fastest & stable of all VPN providers tested – easy and straightforward OpenVPN protocol configuration on DD-WRT – app on iOS does 100% the job – works 100% with European TV channels (better and faster than using just a DNS proxy despite the encryption involved) cons: – does not work with Netflix (when using OpenVPN)
the vpn is a joke but smart dns is as good as it gets
Really great smart DNS, but I have no idea what they were trying to do with this VPN thingy.